Assuming too much from 'familiar' brain potentials

Ken A. Paller*, Heather D. Lucas, Joel L. Voss

*Corresponding author for this work

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Familiarity is sometimes associated with midfrontal old/new (FN400) signals, but investigators assume too much by inferring familiarity whenever they identify these signals. We describe how Rosburg and colleagues (2011) made this assumption, yielding potentially faulty conclusions about the recognition heuristic. We provide an alternative interpretation emphasizing implicit processing that can underlie decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-315
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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